|LSC-Kingwood’s dental assistant students learn and practice valuable skills that lead to a rewarding career in dentistry.|
Lone Star College-Kingwood offers a variety of health care programs and certificates for people who want to pursue a career in the medical field.
The college’s Dental Assistant program provides students with skills and opportunities that they will use to become a responsible member of a dental health care team. This program is offered through LSC-Kingwood’s Continuing Education department.
“Dental assistants greatly increase the efficiency of dentists in the delivery of quality oral health care and are valuable members of a dental care team,” said Elizabeth Maloney, the health occupations and emergency services coordinator in the Continuing Education department. “The Dental Assistant program is for interested students who have strong communication skills, enjoy working with their hands and mind, and want a career with responsibility.”
LSC-Kingwood’s Continuing Education offers a Dental Assistant Certificate. This program prepares students to function competently and safely as a chair-side dental assistant. This module focuses on office procedures, communication skills, basic dental anatomy and instrumentation, and preparation of examination and treatment areas. Students will also learn about operation and maintenance of clinical equipment, infection control, safety issues, and digital and dental radiography procedures. It will take approximately six months for students to complete 332 hours, with 60 of those hours scheduled in a dentist’s office for clinical training.
“Dental assisting involves people contact, and with this personal interaction comes the personal satisfaction of knowing you've really helped someone by helping to provide a valuable health service,” Maloney said.
A career as a dental assistant offers many challenges. The duties of a dental assistant are among the most comprehensive and varied in a dental office. The dental assistant performs many tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills. Since dental assistants are in demand, career options include both full-time and part-time positions.
“Dental offices are interesting, pleasant, and people-oriented environments in which to work,” she said. “Since many dentists employ two or more dental assistants, employment opportunities in this field are excellent.”
In addition to assisting dentists during a variety of procedures, other tasks dental assistants may perform include taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays), sterilizing instruments and equipment, and taking impressions of patients' teeth.
The next class for the Dental Assistant program begins in spring 2016. In order to enroll, students’ Hepatitis B and up-to-date vaccinations are required. For additional information on the program call 281-312-1660.
Register now for credit classes online through myLoneStar. Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. For more information on how to register online, visit www.lonestar.edu/registration.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm.
Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Stephen C. Head is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.